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Two Palestinian fishermen arrested by Israel in Gaza

Gaza: Two Palestinian fishermen were arrested by the Israeli naval forces Saturday in the northern Gaza waters, official sources said.

The Israeli naval forces opened fire at a fishing yacht in the northern Gaza waters, then stopped it and arrested the two fishermen, chairman of the Gaza Fishermen Association Nizar Ayyash said, according to a Xinhua report.

"After tonight's incident, the number of fishermen who had been detained climbed to 20 since a ceasefire was reached in Gaza Aug 26," said Ayyash.

Obama condemns killing of US hostage in Yemen

Washington: US President Barack Obama Saturday denounced the killing of an American hostage in a second failed rescue operation in Yemen, vowing to bring the killers to justice.

"The US strongly condemns the barbaric murder of Luke Somers at the hands of Al Qaeda terrorists during a rescue operation conducted by US forces in Yemen in partnership with the Yemeni government," Xinhua quoted Obama as saying in a statement.

Kenya relocating non-Muslims after deadly attacks

Nairobi: The Kenyan government has relocated 370 non-Muslims seeking refuge at the Mandera military camp, officials said Saturday.

The move follows two attacks by militants in the past two weeks. In one attack they killed 28 non-Muslims travelling in a Nairobi-bound bus, and in the other attack they massacred 36 quarry workers in Mandera.

Mandera County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo confirmed Saturday that plans were underway to facilitate the transportation of 370 people, stating that all the quarry workers had already been assembled at the Kenya Defence Forces camp.

Somalia law makers vote out PM

Mogadishu : Somalia's prime minister lost his job after members of parliament voted on a no-confidence motion against him, Al Jazeera reported.

Parliament voted Saturday to oust Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who had a falling out with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

Earlier, the UN, US and European Union (EU) all warned that power struggles are putting at risk the progress Somalia has made.

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Communist Party of China expels top leader

Beijing : Zhou Yongkang, a retired senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC), has been expelled from the party and prosecutors have opened an investigation into his suspected crimes and decided to arrest him, the authorities announced Saturday.

Zhou's expulsion from the CPC was according to a decision made at a meeting of the political bureau of the CPC central committee Friday, Xinhua reported.

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Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic among world's worst: UN

United Nations : The humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), with over 187,000 refugees fleeing over the last year, is one of the world's worst, the UN Refugee Agency has said.

This has brought the total number of refugees and internally displaced people to over 850,000, which is about a fifth of the CAR's entire population.

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Over 500,000 evacuated in Philippines as typhoon approaches

Manila : About 500,000 people have been evacuated before the projected landfall of Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, in central Philippines, a senior government official said Friday.

The department of the interior and local government conducted the forced evacuation in the face of approaching Hagupit, according to Corazon Soliman, secretary of the department of social welfare and development.

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World War I Christmas truce letter found in Britain

London : Soldiers sharing cigars, singing songs and walking together in no-man's land on Christmas Day in 1914 are some of the scenes described in a letter written by a British general.

The letter, written by Gen. Walter Congreve to his wife on Christmas Day, details how the famous truce came about, BBC reported Thursday.

Gen. Congreve, who led the Rifles Brigade and was positioned at British headquarters near Neuve Chapelle, says it was the Germans who initiated the suspension in hostilities.

He describes the ceasefire as "an extraordinary state of affairs".

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Oxford Dictionaries to add 1,000 new words

London : 'Mamil' (middle-aged man in Lycra), 'silvertail' (a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations) and 'crony capitalism' are among the 1,000 new words to be added to OxfordDictionaries.com, the free online dictionary, in its largest quarterly update so far.

The entries by editors at Oxford Dictionaries reflect the influence of popular culture, or teenspeak, and include abbreviations such as 'IDC' (I don’t care) and 'PMSL' (pissing myself laughing), The Guardian reported Thursday.

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PM makes first appointment to High Court of Australia

Canberra : Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government Thursday appointed former Victorian Supreme Court judge Geoffrey Nettle as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Attorney General George Brandis announced the decision Thursday morning, congratulating Nettle on a "well-earned" appointment, Xinhua reported.

"Justice Nettle is regarded, by bench and bar alike, as one of Australia's finest jurors," Brandis said in a statement.

"His judgements are marked by analytical clarity and deep legal scholarship. He will be an outstanding addition to the High Court."

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